Hot Climate, Cold Beer

By Lizzie Moore  |  2017-08-16

The group “350 Placer” will be holding its second “Hot Climate, Cold Beer” trivia night at the Moonraker Brewing Company. Photo courtesy 350 Placer

Local Food, Local Beer: 350 Placer Supports Local Business While Saving the Planet

Auburn, CA (MPG) -  On Thursday, August 31st from 6-7:30pm, the group “350 Placer” will be holding its second “Hot Climate, Cold Beer” trivia night at the Moonraker Brewing Company. With live music and prizes for the top three trivia winners, the night will be a great time for old and new friends to support a local business and have fun while learning about climate change. Admission is free and there is a suggested donation of $5 to participate in the trivia game. Funds raised will help with the group’s future efforts.

350 Placer is a group of residents who joined together to promote clean, sustainable living in Placer County. Since its formation in January, its focus has been on educating residents about climate change via trivia nights and Facebook. It also holds small gatherings at local venues to promote the consumption of food from local farmers. It has lead a field trip to Recology’s recycling center and participated in the Meadow Vista Pioneer Day parade. Most recently, it has embarked on the effort to contact all Placer county mayors to urge them to join the national Mayors Climate Agreement.

The group is inspired by the international group, a grassroots organization dedicated to reducing carbon levels to no more than 350 parts per million. The number 350 is the level of carbon believed to be safe and sustainable for life on our planet.

350 Placer believes that curbing our County’s carbon emissions could also improve our local economy. “A December 2016 report from the Brookings Institute says that California is one of 33 states that has grown its economy while reducing its carbon footprint since 2000. It’s completely realistic that we could, as a County, be a part of the climate solution and do really well economically. We just have to put our minds to it.” said Carlos Del Pozo of 350 Placer. “We’re hoping that there will be people who come to trivia night who want to help with ending climate change, but we also want those who just want more information to come. It will be a low-pressure evening.”

350 Placer can be found on Facebook and at Questions about the event or the group can be directed to Danielle at 916-320-7584. “Hot Climate, Cold Beer” will be held at the Moonraker Brewing Company located at 12970 Earhart Ave in Auburn.

Health-oriented Back to School Tips

By Edwin Garcia, Kaiser Permanente Media  |  2017-08-18

Kids who eat right can learn more. Photo courtesy Kaiser Permanente

Event Offered at Westfield Galleria at Roseville on Aug. 26

Placer County, CA (MPG) - As summer vacations wind down and children return to school, it’s a good time for parents to learn more about healthy lifestyles for their kids during a special event Aug. 26 at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville.

Kaiser Permanente, the leading healthcare provider in the Sacramento region, is inviting parents and children to participate in Learn to Thrive, a free resource fair focused on healthy living from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Court near JCPenney.

Health experts will speak and host demonstrations on several topics, including:

  • Re-think your drink and healthy snacks.
  • Concussion and head safety.
  • Sports medicine and injury prevention.
  • Bullying and social media.
  • Backpack safety tips.

Attendees can win prizes and meet with Kaiser Permanente physicians and healthcare professionals who will host back-to-school themed activity stations.

The activities will be most enjoyed by children of elementary and middle school age, and their parents. The activities are free and open to the general public.

Learn to Thrive is part of Kaiser Permanente’s Walk to Thrive walking club at the mall. For more information, visit:

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Placer County, CA (MPG) - In addition to approving the county’s new affordable and workforce housing work plan, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a number of small projects to benefit North Lake Tahoe communities and recognized a long-serving local public servant for her many contributions to the region.

To help relieve traffic congestion and improve tourism around North Lake Tahoe, at their meeting today in Auburn the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved two projects to install wayfinding signage and message boards near Northstar Resort. The board also approved a commendation for long-time Tahoe City Public Utility District employee Cindy Gustafson for her many years of service.

In the first of three North Lake Tahoe items, the board approved the Northstar Directional Exit Sign Project, which will install an exit sign on state Route 267 between Kings Beach and Truckee at the bottom of Northstar Drive to assist with wayfinding for visitors leaving the resort. The total project cost is $20,000, funded by transient occupancy tax generated in North Lake Tahoe.

The second project will provide programmable message boards at Northstar to assist with wayfinding, traffic management and communication of county information. One message board will be a permanent fixture located at the roundabout on Northstar Drive at the Castle Peak parking lot entrance and Ridgeline Drive. The second message board is a portable system that could be moved and updated depending on the flow of traffic and type of information that visitors need at any given time. The total project cost is $102,923, of which $51,500 will be paid from transient occupancy tax revenues, with matching funds of $51,423 from Trimont Land Co. (DBA Northstar California). 

No county general funds will be allocated for either project.

A budget revision to increase the fiscal year 2017 - 2018 funding for the Speedboat Beach Improvements Project was also approved by the board, which appropriates $275,000 from TOT funds to assist with improvements at Speedboat Beach in Kings Beach. The funds will support design, permitting and construction of a permanent restroom building to replace existing portable toilets, replace the aging wooden access stairway with a more secure metal or concrete stairway improve traction on an access ramp and provide wayfinding and interpretive signage along the access route between Harbour Avenue and Speedboat Beach. The total project cost is $637,000, of which $362,000 will be paid from Placer County park dedication fees.

The board also approved a commendation for Cindy Gustafson for her 28 years of service as an employee of the Tahoe City Public Utility District. Gustafson was recognized for her outstanding dedication to the community and her involvement with many Tahoe City projects, including the Tahoe City Lakeside Trail, Commons Beach Lake Access Enhancement Project and the Homewood Bike Trail. Cindy was also instrumental in maintaining the Tahoe City Golf Course as a recreational space for the public. The full text of the commendation is available here. Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery previously presented Gustafson with the commendation at a board reception in Tahoe City July 24.

Scott Sandow

Public Information Assistant II
Placer County Communications and Public Affairs Office

(530) 886-4515 | (530) 308-0858 cell |


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During peak times, new online reservation system coming in September
Auburn, CA (MPG) - Placer County’s Hidden Falls Regional Park in North Auburn is a gem of a park. Unfortunately, parking can be hard to find, especially during weekends, holidays and times of mild weather, which is often.

To help avoid would-be park visitors from being turned away, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved a new parking fee during times of peak visitation.

Beginning in September, Hidden Falls visitors will be able to reserve a parking spot and pay the fee, when it’s required, using a new online reservation system. Reservations for all other county park facilities will also be managed through the system.

Hidden Falls parking fees will be $8 per vehicle per day for peak times (8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.), when visitors to the park are often unable to find parking and are forced to change plans and leave; the fee will be $4 for partial days, outside peak hours. No fee will be required during off-peak times when the parking lot does not normally fill up.

“It is our hope that the new reservation system will help increase the number of visitors enjoying the park and avoid the frustration of being turned away,” said Placer County Parks and Recreation Director Andy Fisher.

The proposed fee is comparable to the current $10 per day fee for use of the nearby Auburn State Recreation Area that is managed by California Department of Parks and Recreation.

The board’s approval also authorizes the county to enforce parking violation fines of $25 for first time infractions and $100 for repeat offenders.

The fees and fines, in combination with the parking restrictions implemented in the areas bordering the park, are also intended to reduce traffic impacts to surrounding neighborhoods.

County staff will return to the board at a later date to reevaluate the parking fee program and further explore the possibility of discounts for members of our military community.

Reservations for the following county facilities will also be handled exclusively through the new online reservation system.  

●       The Bear River Campground in Colfax’s 23 individual campsites,
●       The Loomis Basin Community Park North’s picnic area, which can accommodate 50 people, and
●       The batting cages at Ronald L. Feist Park in Granite Bay, which is reservable in tandem with nearby ball fields, but will remain open to the public on a first-come-first-serve basis without cost when the ball fields are not reserved.

Source: Placer County Media

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Rocklin, CA (MPG) - The 4th Annual Grateful Dog Rescue Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27 at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin, serving as the kick-off event to the City of Rocklin's Woofstock Festival.  

The goal of this run, which is part of the Run Rocklin Series,  is to support the local Rocklin Residents Unite for Fido (RRUFF) program Healing Heroes.  The Healing Heroes provide scholarships for service dog training to disabled veterans who would benefit from having a canine companion.  

The event will start at 7:45 a.m. with a Kids Fun Dash that is free! The 5K Run/Walk will start at 8 a.m. and leashed dogs are welcome to join their human companions. The cost for the 5K is $35 for adults and $20 for ages under 18.  All paid 5K participants who sign up before Aug. 15 will receive a free t-shirt.  

The event is capped at 350 participants so make sure to sign up today! If you can't make it but would like to support this incredible cause you can register as a "Virtual Runner" which will enable you to participate by supporting the cause.  The fee for this is only $20. 

Immediately following the Grateful Dog Run is the one and only Woofstock Festival!  The City of Rocklin has hosted this annual event for ten plus years now at Johnson-Springview Park where humans and their furry canine friends have a blast.  

This event is full of groovy activities for dogs and humans that include wiener dog races, art projects, a dog obstacle course and a costume parade.  Plus dog-themed vendors will be on-site, groovy live music to enjoy and food trucks so you can grab lunch.  

Admission is free! Woofstock starts at 9 a.m. and will wrap up around 1 p.m. so all you dog lovers mark your calendar, channel your inner Jerry Garcia, pull out your tie-dye clothing and get ready to groove.  We hope to see you there!  

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Taking to the Skies

Source: CCA Media  |  2017-08-05

The Airshow will take to the skies this September Exclusive discounts are available for this patriotic event. Photo courtesy CCA.

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) – It is time to get your tickets for the big show! The California Capital Airshow (CCA) will take to the skies on September 9 and 10 at Mather Airport, and tickets are now available.

“The California Capital Airshow is a full-sensory experience,” said Darcy Brewer, executive director of the California Capital Airshow. “We’re excited to bring the Sacramento region two full days of non-stop entertainment and unparalleled access to the world of aeronautics and aviation.”

The California Capital Airshow illuminates a century of American aviation and ingenuity with miles of aircraft, from the spine-tingling civilian and military jet performances including the Patriots Jet team, U.S. Navy F-18 tactical demonstration, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight starring the A-10 Thunderbolt II, world-class aerobatics, barnstorming, warbirds, and more.

In preparation for this massive family-friendly festival, the Airshow has launched a new website,,  to provide attendees a preview of what to expect both in the air and on the ground.

 “Exploring exciting displays and interactive exhibits as well as pilot meet-and-greets are a great way to start the day,” Brewer explained. “Attendees will want to be on site and ready for the action before noon, when in-air demonstrations and fly-bys begin or all things shiny, fast and loud take to the skies.”

New for 2017 is the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) competition, updated premium venue chalets, a Kid's Stage, and so much more than just what's roaring across the skies.

The Airshow is presented by Sacramento County in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova. The Airshow runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Airshow Insiders will have first dibs on deeply discounted tickets, up to 50 percent off. Anyone can sign up to become an Airshow Insider. Just enter your name and email address on the homepage of and receive a link to purchase tickets before the public!

Tickets will be available for all fans on August 1 at noon online or Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce. Prices will increase incrementally until the event on Sept. 9 and 10. Military discounts are also available at the ITT offices at Travis and Beale Air Force Bases.

Established in 2004, the annual California Capital Airshow uses the power and magic of flight to entertain and amaze tens of thousands of attendees every September at historic Mather Airport for one of the largest and most prestigious demonstrations of a century of military and civilian aircraft on display and in the sky. Year round, the California Capital Airshow 501c3 is dedicated to inspiring a life-long passion for STEM learning and innovation, with a variety of youth events, presentations and scholarships that help drive the future of aeronautics and encourage young people to reach for the stars. For more information please visit

Source: CCA Media

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Sac Life Center Receives $5K Donation from SSVMSA

By Kristin Thébaud  |  2017-07-27

Nick Maloof of Sacramento Life Center accepts a check for $5,000 from the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance for baby baskets for low-income new moms. Photo courtesy Thébaud Communications

Grant of $5,000 helps provide essentials when babies are born

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Sacramento Life Center to fill 100 baby baskets for low-income new moms in the Sacramento area. Baskets are filled with needed items including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more, and are given to every Sacramento Life Center patient after her baby is born. 

“Low-income mothers face many hurdles after giving birth, often worrying that they won’t be able to afford basic items like diapers or formula,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director, Sacramento Life Center. “We are so grateful to the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance for this grant that will support women, teens, and their partners, with the vital supplies they need—while also boosting their confidence.”

Monetary donations and new items for baby baskets are accepted year-round. For more information, visit

The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy testing, STI testing, ultrasounds, advocacy for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit

The Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of health in the community through education, funding and volunteer support. The group has contributed to the well-being of the community for more than 80 years, granting more than half a million dollars to community organizations throughout the Sacramento region. The alliance also contributes thousands of dollars annually to support medical school and nursing scholarships. Alliance membership is composed of physicians, medical students, staff, spouses and domestic partners. For more information or to make a donation, visit

Source: Kristin Thébaud Communications

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Judge Denies Attempt by Duran to Withdraw His Guilty Plea

Placer County, CA (MPG) - The Honorable Mark Curry sentenced Samuel Duran, 36, of Roseville today to 70 years to life in State Prison in connection with his October 25, 2013, assault on Roseville Police Officers and a Federal Immigration and Customs Agent. Duran previously plead guilty to three counts of attempted Murder on a Peace Officer and admitted discharging a weapon causing great bodily injury in connection to the incident on April 6, 2017. Under the plea terms, Duran faced a minimum prison sentence of 40 years to life and the maximum of 70 years to life. 

Duran also attempted to withdraw his guilty plea prior to the sentencing. The District Attorney’s Office opposed the motion.  Supervising Deputy District Attorney Doug Van Breemen argued that there was no basis in fact or law to allow Duran to withdraw his plea. Van Breemen argued that this was just another attempt by Duran to delay the inevitable consequences from his attempt to end the lives of police officers. Judge Curry denied Duran’s request to withdraw his plea.  

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wilson, who prosecuted the case along with Van Breemen, encouraged the court to follow the recommendation of the Placer County Probation Department, who prepared a pre-sentence report, recommending that the court impose the maximum sentence of 70 years to life. Wilson stated to the court that Duran was nothing more than a "Cop Killer who, fortunately for our officers and our community, was bad at it.” The fact that he failed in his quest to take the lives of these officers does not mitigate his culpability or the need to impose the maximum sentence. Every day when these or any officer goes to work they understand there is a chance that they could face the likes of Sammy Duran. Just because Peace Officers accept that far too common reality as part of their responsibility, we as a community or as a criminal justice system should never accept it. We should express our unwillingness to accept it by making these cop killers like Sammy Duran spend the rest of their lives in a prison cell. If we do that, there will at least be one less cop killer that law enforcement will have to worry about and it also tells others who decide to kill cops what the consequence will be of doing so. In addition to the above, Wilson cited Duran’s violent criminal history and lack of remorse in requesting the court to impose the sentence of 70 years to life.

During the incident Duran fled from law enforcement, shooting at two Roseville Officers and a Federal Immigration and Customs Agent.  After hitting the Federal Agent with one of the shots, Duran fled through a Roseville neighborhood eventually barricading himself in a Roseville home. He continued to exchange gun fire with law enforcement during the standoff, shooting one officer in the face at close range. He was eventually apprehended hours later when he surrendered to Roseville Police Officers.  

Judge Curry’s imposed sentence of 70 years to life will make Duran eligible for parole under current law at the age of 102 years old.

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Honoring 100 Years of Service

Bill Bird, Executive Director  |  2017-07-24

Receiving the award from L-R: Mark Nelson, Chair, California State Fair Board of Directors; Tim Neuharth, Sacramento County Farm Bureau; Ken Oneto, Sacramento County Farm Bureau; Cornelius Gallagher, member, California State Fair Board of Directors (he’s behind the big golden bear); Rina V. DiMare, member, California State Fair Board of Directors; Rick K. Pickering, Chief Executive Officer, California State Fair; Jim Vietheer, Sacramento County Farm Bureau. Photo courtesy SCFB

Sacramento County Farm Bureau Organization Honored for Service to Local Communities

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento County Farm Bureau is celebrating 100-years of service to local communities after receiving special recognition at the 2017 California Agricultural Heritage Club Ceremony held at the California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. Membership in the Agricultural Heritage Club is a prestigious award, which is only given to farms, ranches, organizations and agribusinesses that have maintained a fiscal responsibility in the state for at least one full century. The California State Fair is the sanctioned body that holds these records and facilitates the recognition process.

"Only a handful of county farm bureaus have been honored with this kind of designation and Sacramento County is now a part of that exclusive club," said Sacramento County Farm Bureau Executive Director Bill Bird. "It's a special recognition of what several generations of farming families have built in Sacramento County. Farm Bureau members do more than just grow the food that all families rely upon, they also work to educate others about the important work that the agricultural community does.

The award was accepted by three lifetime Sacramento County Farm Bureau members, who also operate ranches and farms in the local community. They include Ken Oneto, who grows cherries, walnuts, grapes, tomatoes and wheat on KLM Ranches in Elk Grove, Tim Neuharth, who grows certified organic pears and cherries on Steamboat Acres in the Delta and Jim Vietheer, who raises angus seed stock and cattle on the Have Angus Ranch in Wilton.

The Sacramento County Farm Bureau works to protect and promote agricultural interests throughout Sacramento County and to find solutions to the problems of the farm, the farm home, and the rural community. The membership-driven organization strives to protect and improve the ability of farmers and ranchers engaged in production agriculture to provide a reliable supply of food and fiber through responsible stewardship of California's resources.

Sacramento County is the 25th largest agriculture producing county in California with total agricultural production approaching $500 million. The top five county crops include wine grapes, poultry, grain corn, milk and Bartlett pears.

Sacramento County farmers put food on your fork.  Our agricultural operations and products are as diverse as the lands we carefully manage.  We are proud to provide healthy, fresh food for your family and ours.  We invite you to join our efforts to protect Sacramento County's agriculture, rural character, and our ability to produce local, high-quality food for your table.


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Sacramento, CA (MPG) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced July 20th, 2017, a large increase in the number of reported Valley Fever cases in California with illness onset in 2016.

From January through December 2016, 5,372 new cases of Valley Fever were reported to CDPH corresponding to an incidence rate of 13.7 cases per 100,000 people. This is very similar to the most recent peak in 2011 (5,213 cases), which was the highest number of cases since individual cases were made reportable in 1995. 

“People who live in or travel to areas where Valley Fever is common should take steps to avoid breathing in dusty air,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “If they develop flu-like symptoms, such as cough, fever, or difficulty breathing, lasting two weeks or more, they should ask their doctor about Valley Fever.”

Many counties in the Central Valley and Central Coast regions, where Valley Fever is most common, reported an increase in cases in 2016 compared with 2015. The largest number of cases and highest incidence rate in 2016 were in Kern County where more than 2,200 cases, or more than 250 cases per 100,000 people, were reported.

Valley Fever, also known as coccidioidomycosis, or cocci, is caused by the spore of a fungus that grows in certain types of soil. In California, Valley Fever is most commonly reported in the Southern Central Valley and Central Coast.  People get infected by breathing in spores present in dust that gets into the air when it is windy or when soil is disturbed, such as through digging in dirt during construction. The incidence of Valley Fever depends on a variety of environmental factors and types of human activity in areas where the fungus is present. Valley Fever symptoms can be similar to other illnesses and it is not always recognized: changes in testing, diagnosis and reporting patterns can also impact reported disease levels. It is unknown why there has been such a large increase in reported Valley Fever cases in California in 2016.

While anyone can get Valley Fever, those most at-risk for severe disease include people 60 years or older, African-Americans, Filipinos, pregnant women, and people with diabetes or conditions that weaken their immune system. People who live, work, or travel in Valley Fever areas are also at a higher risk of getting infected, especially if they work outdoors or participate in activities where soil is disturbed.

A person can reduce the risk of illness by avoiding breathing in dirt or dust in areas where Valley Fever is common. In these areas, when it is windy outside and the air is dusty, stay inside and keep windows and doors closed. While driving, keep car windows closed and use recirculating air conditioning, if available. If you must be outdoors, consider wearing a properly fitted mask (such as an N95 respirator mask which is widely available in retail stores), and refrain from disturbing the soil whenever possible. Employers should train their workers about Valley Fever symptoms and take steps to limit workers’ exposure to dust.

Most infected people will not show signs of illness. Those who do become ill with Valley Fever may have flu-like symptoms that can last for two weeks or more. While most people recover fully, some may develop more severe complications of Valley Fever which may include pneumonia, or infection of the brain, joints, bone, skin or other organs. If you think you have Valley Fever, you should contact your physician.

For additional information on Valley Fever, please visit the CDPH website.


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